1910s Reproduction Edwardian Maid was first intended to be worn at Costume College in 2015 with others also
dressed up as maids based on the Downton Abbey television series, but was not
finished in time for that event. So, it was worn to the Greater Bay Area Costume Guild Open House in January 2016.
The maid outfit was a success and very recognizable. It also appeared to be an older man magnet with more
men than usual approaching and commenting on the outfit.
Photo by Rafael Xolocotzi
Photo by Nedy McCann-Meyers
Photo by Breanne Maxine
The basic black dress was made out of a cotton twill and trimmed with white lace on the neck and cuff. Buttons down
the front with grossgrain interior waistband fastened with hook and eye. I started the dress before the Butterick maid
pattern came out so used a gored shirt for the bottom and modified an Edwardian blouse pattern for the
top. I made several alterations along the way since the sleeves started out too full and the bodice/blouse
was too long so tucks were added.
Pattern: Heavily modified Butterick 4049 with gored skirt
Skirt length: 33"
Skirt circumference: 156"
Apron was made with white cotton muslin and trimmed with white lace. Made more tucks than pattern required to
shorten the apron for my height. The back tie ended up too long so ended up tacking it into a loop to shorten.
Pattern: Butterick B6229 Size 14?
Apron skirt length: 30"
Apron skirt width: 60.5"
White silk organza cap was made based on the pattern with some alterations. Added a ribbon instead of elastic in the
center and sewed it to a comb so that it would stay on my head. The silk organza turned out lovely. If I had
more time or was making another one, I might try hand sewing the turned edges for a cleaner look.
Pattern: Butterick B6229
Completed: January 2016